Red Martian: “Ghost Into The Fog” – showcases wonderful arrangements and sonic textures

On the fringes of music you can find some really spectacular things. It’s a journey that’s often worth taking- trying to scope out artists doing something unique and passionate in the face of everything corporate and plain. Here’s one of those few examples of true gems that can only really be found with a little searching. Formed in 1999, Red Martian came out of the DIY punk scene in Seattle, WA. Drawing influences from My Bloody Valentine, New York Dolls, and Iggy Pop. Having previously released five CDs, six vinyl LPs, and four acetate limited-edition EPs on the band’s own


EsZ: “MIA NIA” – precise, sharp-witted, but lighthearted lyrics !

Brooklyn-based hip hop artist EsZ (Erron’s Attic) melodically paints a story of a past relationship / lover who he prefers to call “MIA NIA” –  which is explained as ” MIA ” ( Missing In Action ), ” NIA” ( Name Is Anonymous ). One thing you cannot fail to mention when talking about EsZ, and even before you hear the lyrics, is the production. Again the track here is beautiful, bouncy and fresh. EsZ is one of the smartest young emcee’s around. His rhymes are almost always metaphoric. They are so superior to really everyone else out there in the rap business.


Terri B! – “I’m Coming Back” – her sound is smooth, strong, and assured!

I’ve been playing, producing, promoting and reviewing music longer than I care to remember. I know what it takes to make music and I know what it is like to have critics acclaim…or slam it. So each time I’m presented with a new review I tremble with the fear that I may have to casually denigrate the hard work of another. However, when I read the name, Carrillo Music, my heart almost skips a beat, for I know that the chances of any negative analysis are thrown completely out of the window. This independent electronic music label, based in Phoenix,


GZRUS: “GZ UP” – a fresh sound to serve our dance floors!

GZRUS (pronounced like Toyrs R Us but with a G’d up twist). San Francisco DJs and producers Trevor Simpson and Kosplay joined forces for what initially was a G House project. Their first project was an official remix for Carnage featuring Migos “Bricks” on Ultra Records. This was followed by a guest spot on Carnage’s Incredible XM show which gained GZRUS accolades from around the globe. The duo maintained a low profile and released bi-weekly mashups and edits that became blog favorites with support from the likes of Diplo, Steve Aoki, TWRK, A-Trak and Destructo. To keep their fast growing


MONEY: “Refugee” – super energetic, tight, and focuses on rocking hard!

MONEY formed last winter, banged together some songs in London and starting doing recon this year with a spate of gigs and residencies in Southern California. Money is Glass – Bassist, Lead Vocalist, Devon Pangle – Guitarist, Vocalist and Chris Durant – Drummer, Vocalist. Their debut single “Refugee” was featured on KXSC college radio’s punk show The Bear’s Den and Dublin-based music blog Fecking Deadly. The band is busy recording their debut EP in London and Los Angeles and has also released their second single, “Starting Yesterday.” In contrast to the hyper-produced computerized sounds of mainstream rock, MONEY is a


Neil Brannigan Tyrrell: ‘Sun Of The Raven’ – in the hands of a supremely careful artist

Neil Brannigan Tyrrell is a singer-songwriter from Ballyfermot, Dublin, Ireland. Neil was born in London and then moved to Dublin when he was still really young. He lived in South Africa for the last 5 years, until September 2015 when Neil decided to move back to London to further his career. While in South Africa, Neil Brannigan Tyrrell recorded his 10 track album called ‘Sun Of The Raven’. It was recorded at OneBigRoomStudios, Pretoria, South Africa, with production duties being done by Mr. Ludwig Bouwer. I am a big fan of musicians who know how to write quality songs that


Ricky Jarman: “Get To Know Ya” – a shake-your-ass, R&B inflected Pop track!

Sought after Pop-R&B singer Ricky Jarman was once contended by both Lou Pearlman of Transcontinental Records (responsible for signing N’sync, Backstreet boys, and Britney Spears) and Christian ”Dio” Diodatti of Caliber Records. (Dio has done remixes for Michael Jackson and Mary J. Blige among others). After much self-reflection, he decided to work with Dio of Caliber Records in a boy band called UNITED. At the time time he was able to meet and work with people such as Andrea Martin (song writer/voice coach for Whitney Houston and Mariah Cary), and Glenn Douglas Packard (choreographer for Britney Spears). The project fell


Boogiie Byrd to Release New Mixtape “On The Way Up”

After receiving a great response on his last mixtape “For​ The Moment” which featured “Doing Something Right” Washington, DC —​Hip Hop artist Boogiie Byrd who is from the DMV, announced the release of his second​ mixtape “On the Way Up” today (Oct.1). The mixtape features 16 tracks and is available for immediate download. The 24 year old, has already proven he is not just in the music business to create beats and sell records, especially with the successofhislast mixtape, ” Doing​  Something Right”​. Listen to the full-length mixtape “On​ the Way Up” now on​  Spinrilla​.​   Follow @ Boogiie Byrd


“Don’t Be Late” – The Inoculated Canaries single, set for official release on the 23rd of October!

The beauty in the new The Inoculated Canaries single, set for official release on the 23rd of October, lies in the way in which it navigates dynamics, songwriting, and performance energy. Even in its mellower moments, “Don’t Be Late” brims with a subdued tension that is only relieved by explosive energy. The way in which bandleader, songwriter, guitarist and singer, Michael Rubin and his cohort, on drums, bass and saxophone, James Terranova, navigates the dichotomy between soothing lullaby and devastating intensity within song form, expresses a compositional maturity that belies the classic rock format within which they would be more


A talk with independent rock artist Pepper Stevens

Certified NSAI Songwriter Pepper Stevens comes from a true southern background in the heart of dixie, Savannah, Ga. A multi-talented instrumentalist and lyricist with roots in rock, folk, country, and blues, Pepper is related down the line to Cat Stevens and Stephen Foster, he has influences that range from the Beatles and Led Zeppelin to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Seether. He prides himself on being able to step outside the box to be creative in ways most cannot or refuse to. He is an independent artist pushing every boundary thrown his way and certainly not afraid to speak his mind and

Toya Nash: “Him…” Edgy, Raw and Impassioned

Toya Nash is a classically trained mezzo-Soprano, and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious Actors Studio Drama School in Manhattan. She is also an accomplished actress of both stage and screen and can be seen in the feature, Trapped.

Toya also founded The LANA Company, her own line of natural bath and body products, as well as being the founder of Coach Your Craft, a coaching company for voice and acting. Toya is a strong believer in giving back, and often sponsors children and teens by offering free voice and acting workshops through Coach Your Craft.

Toya Nash has just released her debut EP, Him…, and she is currently performing at various venues throughout the US.

Toya has one heck of a voice and the kind of secure yet relaxed performance style which carries the Ep through with convincing, energetic and charismatic flair. She puts so much feeling and meaning into every track, you’ll feel the words hit your chest. The passion she delivers, makes you to feel how good this music is.

The Ep has a sound all of its own. It achieves a superb balance between professional production and understated clean minimalistic sound. It’s clear, crisp and uncluttered, and the compositions are strong enough to stand proud against some of the classics of this genre. The acoustic guitar and bass riffs will probably cause a few jaws to drop too, as they are just sublime in places. Toya’s sound is rugged R&B, dipped into heartrending soul, and all spiced up with a sprinkling of pop and rock.

My absolute favorites, “No Pressure” and “Let Me In,” are edgy, raw and impassioned. This is exactly where I think Toya should be. Her handling of slowly calibrated laments, is really overwhelming. This is the sound of a gifted artist who has created an extremely accomplished piece of art.

I could use dozens of superlatives but nothing could properly express my joy over the songs on this Ep, which are both organic sounding yet very sophisticated. So what’s so good about it? Well… everything really, but most of all Toya’s voice, which goes from soft and pure, to intense and confident. Sometimes in the same song.

She sounds so authentic, so real, and so unique, while the music creates stunning backdrops for her vocal deliveries, whether languid like “No Pressure,” or upbeat and groovy on “Nobody Like You.” The songs arouse all kinds of emotions from the beginning to the end, it takes you on a musical journey that will desperately leave you wanting more.

“Him…” sums up Toya Nash’s considerable talents. She has a fantastic voice, full of emotion, and is able to relate complex feelings in a simple form. This is the mark of a true vocal artist.

Hopefully next time around, Toya will deliver us a full length album, to bathe our ears in, as the four-tracks on this Ep is just a wicked teaser!

Multi-talented artist, Toya Nash

Multi-talented artist, Toya Nash







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